Fire Detection & Validation

Fire Detection

Fires can be detected on our cameras in a number of different ways:

  • Fire agency officers identify the fire from the multi-camera wall display
  • Members of the public spot a fire on our cameras and call it in on 000
  • On critical fire days with high temps and winds and low humidity, communities are setting up a fire watch system to monitor the cameras
  • Fires can increasingly be detected using Artifical Intelligence.
See New Tech for more information.


Fires are typically reported within a minute or two of ignition. The issue for the fire agency is that – even with the RFS’ new Computer Aided Despatch system – it is going to take at least 30 minutes or more to get a tanker anywhere close to the fire.

And then the crew have to actually find the fire and it may well be that it has ignited in an area that they cannot get to with the fire truck.

The cameras allow the fire agency to immediately confirm the fire and make a decision on the best resources to despatch. In many instances getting an aircraft to the fire first will now be viable and this gives an opportunity to place retardant around the new fire and contain it.

Tankers or more aircraft can them further contain the fire and extinguish it.

THis would not be possible without the cameras and the ability to confirm and validate the initial report of the fire.

High Quality Imagery

The current standard camera is the Axis Q6075E

  • Pan Tilt Zoom remotely controlled
  • 40x optical, 12x digital zoom
  • Total zoom 480x
  • f1.5 – f4.95
  • 1920 x 1080 px
  • Very high definition
  • Compressed transmission

Incredible 40x Zoom

In the first picture below you can see the camera operating with no zoom applied:

And in this picture you can see the camera zoomed in on the area covered by the red circle above:

Display Wall

Our Display Wall is configurable  and allows the fire agency to monitor multiple cameras on the same display